The William Smith basketball team defeated Geneseo 64-59 in the third place game of the Wendy’s College Classic. The Herons never trailed after the 5:43 mark of the first half and made 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute to hold off a late charge by the Blue Knights.
Senior guard Mollie Danahy led William Smith with a game-high 20 points, including a 4-of-6 performance from behind the three-point arc, and a team-high five assists. First-year guards Liz Douglass and Sasha Borenstein each contributed 12 points off the bench. Borenstein scored all of her points from behind the three-point line (4-of-9). Junior forward Kristen Kush, who was named second-team All-Classic, added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. First-year guard Jacqueline Murphy grabbed a game-high 16 caroms for the Herons (3-3).
Geneseo (4-2) was led by Katelyn Carbonneau’s 20-point effort. Alyssa Polosky added nine points and eight rebounds. Khadija Campbell and Melissa Graham were a big reason for the Blue Knights’ 51-44 advantage on the glass. Campbell collected 15 boards, while Graham recorded 11. Campbell also had a game-high six steals.
The lead changed hands six times in the early going with Geneseo taking a 16-15 lead on a Carbonneau jumper at the 5:43 mark of the first half. Douglass tied the game a minute later by making the second of two foul shots and Danahy followed with a three to give the Herons the lead. Polosky answered with a game-tying three, but William Smith ended the first half on a 9-2 run, including seven points from Danahy, to take a 28-21 lead into halftime.
After the break, the Blue Knights chipped away at the Heron lead, tying the game 39-all at the 13:59 mark on a layup by Melissa Loughlin. Borenstein countered with a three to put William Smith back in front for good, igniting a 12-2 run.
Geneseo stayed in striking distance. After Danahy made a pair of free throws with 33 seconds left for a 61-56 lead, Carbonneau connected on a three with 25 seconds left to make it a two-point game. The Blue Knights put Danahy back on the line with 18 ticks to go where she converted the second of her two freebies. Geneseo turned the ball over on its next possession and was forced to foul with six seconds remaining. Douglass made both shots to put the finishing touch on the five-point victory.